Paris Descartes University

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Paris Descartes University
Université Paris 5 René Descartes
Type Public
Established 1971, following the division of the University of Paris
Parent institution
Sorbonne Paris Cité
Budget Euro 340 Million(US $476 Million)
Chancellor Patrick Gérard
Chancellor of the Universities of Paris
President Frédéric Dardel
Students 33 500
Undergraduates 15 000
Postgraduates 18 500
Location Paris , France
48°51′05″N2°20′26″E / 48.851389°N 2.340556°E / 48.851389; 2.340556
Colours Magenta and white         
Affiliations Sorbonne Paris Cité University group
France Paris

Paris Descartes University (French: Université Paris 5 René Descartes), also known as Paris V, is a French public research university located in Paris.


It is one of the inheritors of the University of Paris (often referred as the Sorbonne), which ceased to exist in 1970. It is a member of the Sorbonne Paris Cité University (USPC) group.

It was established as a mutidisciplinary university "of humanities and health sciences" ("des Sciences de l’Homme et de la Santé". It focuses in the areas of medical sciences, biomedical sciences, law, computer science, economics and psychology. [1]

Its main campus is in the historic École de Chirurgie in the 6th arrondissement of Paris.


The historic University of Paris (French : Université de Paris) first appeared in the second half of the 12th century, but was divided into thirteen universities, managed by a common rectorate, the Chancellerie des Universités de Paris, after the student protests of the French May.



Descartes University has ten campuses in Paris. Its headquarters are centered on the "Collège de chirurgie", which was built in place of the "Collège de Bourgogne", in the Quartier latin, on the rue des Écoles. The teaching facilities and the research laboratories are housed in the Saints-Pères university center, as far as the medical school and the social sciences school are concerned. The refurbished Henri-Piéron center contains the school of psychology, whereas the Law school is located in Malakoff. The dentistry school is located in Montrouge.


The undergraduate program of Paris Descartes is selective, with an acceptance rate of 11%. Admission to the second year of the university's master programs is selective as well, some of these programs admitting only 1.7% of applicants which can represent 25 students by programs.

International conventions

The University Paris V has signed over 150 conventions with foreign universities across five continents, including Manchester, Warwick, Copenhagen, Rome, Madrid, Rotterdam, Helsinki, Stockholm or Ghent. [2]



The university focuses on medical sciences (medicine, dental medicine, pharmacy, psychology), biomedical sciences (cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, chemistry, biomedical physic), social sciences (sociology, anthropology, linguistics, demographics, science of education), mathematics, computer science and law (information technology law, business law, tax law, public law, private law...).

The University Paris Descartes supports a modern approach of social sciences on the basis of fieldwork, participant observation and ethnography (Master's degree in cultural and social anthropology, at the School of humanities and social sciences - Sorbonne). The dual master's degree ("Economics and Psychology" and "Cogmaster") in partnership with other important French academic institutions such as Pantheon-Sorbonne University and the École Normale Supérieure emphasizes opportunities offered as far as research is concerned.


University rankings
QS World [3] =441-450

Paris Descartes was rated by the 2017 QS World University Ranking by Subject:

It was also rated by the 2016/17 The Times Higher Education Subject Rankings as:

  • 201-250 (4th ex aequo in France) in Medicine,
  • 201-250 (1st in France) in Psychology. [5]

In Law, in 2016/17, it was not ranked among the top 10 of France of Eduniversal rankings [6] .

Notable people

Faculty members


Points of interest

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Coordinates: 48°51′05″N2°20′26″E / 48.85139°N 2.34056°E / 48.85139; 2.34056